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#1 of 7 Old 02-27-2004, 01:48 PM - Thread Starter
 
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my baby is 8 days old, and i had the normal afterbirth pains, which hurt pretty bad. took ibuprofen for the first 3 days, then was fine.

now i am having intense painful cramping again. my bleeding isnt too heavy and i have no signs of infection, just horrible cramping.

Why is it doing this 8 days postpartum? is it normal?
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IF you are sure you have no fever, then probably. I remember being MUCH crampier for a good two weeks, and it came and went. Especially when my daughter got really good at nursing. Also, after I had my daughter, my cramps in general were just much worse than they'd ever been.

Make sure you don't have a fever and check in w/ your midwife if you start a heavy bleed........your bleeding should be slowly tapering off. Otherwise, it sounds like what I encountered and I was told it was pretty normal and I was fine, if not concomfortable. It sounds weak, but I honestly had the best comfort from a nice hot water bottle.
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I would be worried if you have intense pain that is persistent and/or a fever. My sister had a uterine infection after giving birth to her #1 and those were the symptoms.
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I'm so sorry you're in pain still!!! I don't want to say it's nothing to worry about /c I have no idea. Just wanted to let you know that my mom says the afterpains w/ me (her third and last child) were the worst. So maybe that has something to do w/ it since this is your third also.

I hope your mw is able to calm your fears and help you feel better.

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I think a few weeks is normal for afterpains. I remember feeling mine for at least 10 - 12 days. And I've heard from a lot of women that the cramping gets worse with each consecutive child. I know a woman who nursed each of her 18 children ! She said that by number 12 or so, that the afterbirth pains were much worse than the labor contractions! She still did it though!

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Really just wincing in sympathy

I think it sounds normal tho... man they do take your breath away tho don't they
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It was just that one day then its been fine since. This is actually my 5th baby and man, they are awful. I do think they are worse than birth!

Thanks for all the help!
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